Table 2

Reported reasons for not transferring information* (N = 177)

Responding GPs

(N = 177)

Responding GPs personally available

(N = 123)

P values 1

Responding GPs not frequently transferring information (N = 31)

P values 2


1. Deterioration of patient's medical condition faster than foreseen

86 48.6%

62 50.4%

p = 0.757

15 48.8%

p = 0.084

2. Forgotten

66 37.1%

49 39.8%

p = 0.957

14 45,2%

p = 0.557

3. I am always personally available

38 21.7%

33 26.8%

p = 0.283

17 54,8%

p = 0.015

4. Patient currently dismissed from hospital

35 20.0%

27 22.0%

p = 0.647

3 9,7%

p = 0.180

5. Too much administration

12 6.9%

10 8.1%

p = 0.659

6 19,4%

p = 0.022

6. Other reasons

8 4.6%

8 6.5%

p = 0.452

1 3,2%

p = 0.744


* (more than one answer possible)

1 = difference between GPs personally available and all responding GPs

2 = difference between GPs not frequently transferring information and all responding GPs

Schweitzer et al. BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:19   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-8-19

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